Friday, April 1, 2011

Beth Mason and Mike Russo counterattack, claim "apparent abuse" of tax dollars in demand for mayoral staff emails

The City Council agenda is out for Hoboken's meeting next Wednesday and apparently Mike Russo and Beth Mason have finally come up with an idea to try and make the Hoboken public forget the revelation of the 3rd ward councilman's secret meeting with an FBI informant almost two years ago. 

They have declared war on the mayor's communication manager's and chief of staff's emails demanding they be turned over to them as "the Council believes that a full investigation into an apparent abuse of tax dollars is warranted." The apparent abuses are not stated or listed other than a claim communications "have become highly politicized."

Local Hoboken websites' comments by the public on Mike Russo's defense have been relatively silent since the Sunday revelation in MSV of the 3rd ward councilman's meeting with the same FBI informant who sat with Peter Cammarano, sending the ex-mayor and the 3rd ward councilman's campaign manager to prison. 

Mike Russo claims he never accepted a bribe but he has failed to explain why he was reported in "The Jersey Sting" accepting a series of offers on surveillance tapes for money beginning with a $5,000 payment and a reason he never reported the illicit cash offer to the authorities.  The surveillance tapes, according to the co-authors may be released based on a decision in the near future.

Hoboken Patch has been lightning fast with the Mason-Russo charges posting its story:

Talking Ed Note: It's is April 1st, the Fool's Day but Beth Mason (sponsor) and Mike Russo (co-sponsor) are not kidding.  This is their line of attack and idea of how to best address the exposure of Mike Russo agreeing to a bribe with FBI informant Solomon Dwek.  

The City Council may be interested in obtaining more information on Mike Russo's meeting with Solomon Dwek and the surveillance tape of that meeting in Jersey City.

Mason Russo Email Attack Distraction from Solomon Dwek meeting:

Beth Mason: Councilman Russo leaves the council in fine shape in my hands

Hoboken mayor-in-exile Beth Mason announces

The surprise announcement my council ally Mike Russo will not be seeking another term as 3rd ward councilman is both a shock and a sad day for all of Hoboken.  Together we have forged an undying tie to make Hoboken into a more vibrant community with lower taxes, stronger developer arrangements, better subsidized housing pilots, and less heavy objects littering our parking utility, re: quarters.

Although Councilman Russo's absence will be a huge loss to the City Council, I'm confident my finding his replacement will continue our tremendous progress.  Although Mike will be missed by family and friends and all of Hoboken in City Council, he leaves Hoboken in good hands.  I am confident and ready for the challenge to take on the added responsibilities at Church Towers and the 3rd ward and prepared to better deliver for those who expect and deserve additional compensation from Hoboken taxpayers.

For now we will move to maintain the quality of oversight in the Finance subcommitte by appointing Tim Occhipinti its chair.  As part of the quality control, I will make sure to check his homework to be sure he has carried over all the proper one's to the next column.

Hoboken can be confident it's future remains in the most competent and capable hands as I lead its City Council government. As I move to obtain volumes of Hoboken government documents, my team of hired minions stands ready to subvert the efforts of the duly elected government in whatever vindictive and petty arrangement possible.  Know that if they can't find something, they are brilliantly creative enough to make something up and post it on Hoboken411. 

Please join me in wishing Councilman Mike Russo all the success he has earned in his new endeavors.  His contributions to Hoboken will never be forgotten. 


P.S. For the latest and most important information on Hoboken and my campaign, please see Hoboken411.

Councilman Mike Russo makes surprise announcement; will not seek another term

Councilman Mike Russo announces:

Although my service to Hoboken has been clear to both 3rd ward and Hoboken residents alike over many years, it has become fairly obvious with the recent incidents surrounding my family that it would be best if I no longer seek or hold public office. I've already released this earlier to my friend at Hoboken411.

The controversy over my misunderstood appearance in a public New Jersey restaurant as stated in a recent book, The Jersey Sting along with the innocent mistake of health insurance benefits paid on behalf of my father have made my service in Hoboken untenable. After much thought, my family and I have decided it's best to take a different tact and are looking to relocate to Florida.

While I feel my dedication to Hoboken is unparalleled on the City Council, my family is uncomfortable with recent events and the direction and actions by my one time political ally Beth Mason. While the concept of one united Hoboken holds great appeal, competence must be the ultimate decider of how we act as a community. Although I differ with some of my council colleagues on the City Council and the mayor on occasion, there's little comparison to the equitable handling of the chair by Beth Mason's predecessor Councilwoman Carol Marsh.

Becoming a father has made me realize I want peace above all in my life. The continued questions on my meeting a known con man and though I spurned his efforts, the harassment of me and my family will obviously continue into the future indefinitely. The recriminations are clearly not going away for me and my family. I appreciate all the support from my family and friends in this decision as I move to take the next step in my professional life and do what's best for everyone involved. In the end, because I have always cared for and done what's best for Hoboken, there is no other alternative.

As my name remains on the ballot for the May 10th election, I'd ask my friends and neighbors in the 3rd ward to exercise restraint and not vote for me as I will not serve if asked or chosen. My decision is final.

Thank you everyone for all your kind support in making Hoboken better. I look forward to thanking each and every one of you for all your hard work in joining me to make Hoboken the great community it is today.

With love and gratitude,
3rd ward Councilman
Mike Russo

Talking Ed Note: There's been some reaction to this Hoboken411 announcement.  MSV can say that whether you are for or against anything Mike Russo has done, his impact is clear on the town.  MSV stands by Hoboken411's announcement.